For Longing…a New Year blessing from John O’Donohue

For Longing

Poem by John O’Donohue

blessed be the longing that brought you here
and quickens your soul with wonder.

may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship –
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.

may the one you long for long for you.
may your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.

may a secret providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.

may your mind inhabit your life with the sureness
with which your body inhabits the world.

may your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.

may you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
may you know the urgency with which God longs for you.


  1. Dan Carr

    Good poem! Thanks.

  2. Joyce

    Amazing! I once heard John O’Donohue read his work/soul at a Carolyn Myss workshop. I experienced
    love right then and there. At times I can find the road to my soul with the words he wrote, it’s as if we are traveling together, he’s with me through this poem!

  3. bryan johnston

    Brilliantly expressed sentiments for the year ahead. Posthumous heartfelt thanks to John O’Donohue R.I.P.

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